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Filling the gaps; nutrition and physical activity needs assessment for children

 

Overview

This research project was conducted by the Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (VACCHO) in partnership with the Royal Childrens Hospital and Murdoch Childrens Research Institute.

The purpose of the project was to conduct formative research (formalised community consultation) with parents and carers of young children from Aboriginal communities in one rural and one metropolitan local government area in Victoria. The objective was to assess knowledge, beliefs, sources of information and practices relating to the nutrition and physical activity of infants and young children, and to gather community advice and support for developing a pilot, evidence-based nutrition program.

Forty-five practitioners from 14 sites participated in the consultation process.

The most frequent nutrition issues identified by practitioners working in Aboriginal early childhood settings were low levels of breastfeeding, inappropriate introduction of solids, reliance on sweet drinks and bottles, takeaway and snack foods. These findings are consistent with findings in the mainstream needs assessment, particularly for high need families. Frequently reported health concerns included iron deficiency (which may be a marker for overall poor nutrition), poor oral health, overweight, and speech delays.

Key issues identified by parents included:

 

Abstract adapted from VACCHO

Contacts

Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation
17-23 Sackville Street
Collingwood Vic 3066
PO Box 1328
Collingwood Vic 3066
Ph: (03) 9411 9411
Fax: (03) 9411 9599
E-mail: enquiries@vaccho.com.au

Evaluated publications

Thorpe S, Browne J, Myers J (2012)

Feeding our future: Aboriginal early childhood nutrition & physical activity needs assessment report.

Fitzroy, Victoria: Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation

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Last updated: 8 January 2014
 
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